Fibroids

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Description

Fibroids are a benign (non-cancerous) growth of muscular and fibrous tissues, typically developing in the wall of the uterus. Fibroids have a tendency to form in women in their late 30s and early 40s, then shrink after menopause, this is suggestive that estrogen may be linked. Fibroids may be genetically inherited.

Fibroids can range in size from those that are undetectable by the human eye, to bulky masses that can distort and enlarge the uterus. There may be one or many present.

Symptoms

Fibroids can often be non-symptomatic however there may be pain, discomfort, excessive menstrual bleeding, an increased frequency of menstruation, frequent urination, difficulty emptying the bladder, and constipation. There is often bleeding between periods or an increase in vaginal discharge. Because of excessive bleeding anemia may result. Precisely where the pain is experienced can be dependent on where the fibroids themselves are located, therefore pain can be felt in the legs, back, or pelvis. Pressure could be exerted on the bladder or bowels and in some cases, the urethra could be blocked causing kidney obstruction.

Treatments

1. Surgical removal may be required if fibroids become troublesome. Iron supplementation could be required if blood loss is high.

2. Try to avoid taking oral contraceptives with a high estrogen content as these may stimulate the growth of fibroid tumors.

3. Swedish massage and Shiatsu may help to increase the circulation to the pelvis, this will assist in relieving pain and sometimes reducing the size of the fibroids.

Nutrients and Supplements:
1. Fibroids remedy – used for the treatment of fibroids.
2. Muti vitamins – to keep the body in balance.
3. Buffered Vitamin C – an antioxidant that promotes immune function
4. Zinc – for healing and a healthy immune system.
5. L-Arginine – enhances immune function and may also retard tumor growth.

Causes

It is thought that the hormones (Estrogen and progesterone), seem to promote the growth of fibroids. Fibroids contain more estrogen and progesterone receptors than typical uterine muscle cells do.

The following may also be risk factors for uterine fibroids:
1. Although all women of reproductive age could develop fibroids, black women seem to be more likely to develop fibroids than other racial groups. Black women also seem to develop fibroids at younger ages and are also likely to have more or larger fibroids, along with more severe symptoms.

2. Heredity.

3. A vitamin D deficiency.

4. A diet high in red meat and low in green vegetables, drinking alcohol, including beer, appearS to increase the risk of developing fibroids.

Underlying Emotions

Fear of losing power and independence in relationships. Resistance to the idea of having children. Generational traumas where women were abused or mistreated by men

Diet

By reducing the number of Estrogen precursors taken in through foods the severity or onset of fibroids may be reduced:

1. Avoid dairy and animal products (Animal products contain estrogen, which enlarges the fibroids).

2. Try to switch to a vegetarian diet. This includes using fresh foods as close to the natural state as possible. Include as many leafy green vegetables, whole grains, fruit, and protein as possible.

3. Avoid drinking alcohol, coffee, black tea, fizzy drinks, and chocolates.

Remedies

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